3:15 am
Mon August 4, 2008

Sportsmen for Responsible Energy

Wyoming – A group called Sportsmen for Responsible Energy has put a plan for protecting wildlife in the midst of energy development in Wyoming and the west. Steve Belinda is a former Bureau of Land management employee who currently works as a wildlife specialist for a number of organizations. A Bob Beck interview.

3:13 am
Mon August 4, 2008

Non-Profits Boost Wyoming's Economy

Wyoming – Non profit organizations are formed to benefit the public rather than to provide a profit for owners. Most require both public and private support so they are not viewed as a player in a community's economy. But that perception is not correct. A report finds that non profits spend almost a billion dollars in the state. Bob Beck reports.

3:11 am
Mon August 4, 2008

Rockefeller's Ranch Becomes A Nature Preserve

Wyoming – Back in 1932, John D. Rockefeller Jr. purchased the JY Ranch. It was Jackson's Hole first dude ranch, a place where tourists paid to experience a working cattle ranch. Rockefeller bought the land and another 32,000 acres in order to set it aside for an expansion of Grand Teton National Park. While he donated most of the land to the park, he kept the JY as a family retreat. His son, Laurance, decided to turn it into a nature preserve and give the land to the park, which finally happened last year. Rebecca Huntington reports.

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3:09 am
Mon August 4, 2008

Saddles to Sushi

Wyoming – And now for a redneck perspective. That was the name of Mike Bressler's column in Planet Jackson Hole for five years. He wrote under the pen name of Clyde Thornhill. And he has just self-published his first book called Saddles to Sushi. An Elsa Partan interview.

3:08 am
Mon August 4, 2008

The Boom Has a Financial Dark Side

Wyoming – While the national economy is in a slowdown Wyoming's economy continues to steam along. But there's a financial dark side to all this prosperity. We went to southwest Wyoming to take a look. Elsa Partan reports.

1:45 am
Mon August 4, 2008

Two Ranchers Perspectives on Oil Drilling

Wyoming – Oil has reached record prices this year. Today it's at 124-dollars per barrel. And some believe drilling in Wyoming is poised to heat up again. We traveled through the oil fields in Northern Wyoming to talk with two ranchers who have very different views on the good, the bad, and the future of oil production in the United States. Peter O'Dowd reports.

WPR News
8:15 am
Fri August 1, 2008

Inflation levels keep pace in most sectors

Laramie, Wyo. – A state economist says the wages in most industries in Wyoming are keeping pace with inflation but there are a few that are falling behind.

David Bullard is a Senior Economist with the Wyoming Department of Employment. He says some of the biggest winners in the weekly payroll increase are construction, administration, accommodation and food services.

Also, most counties are keeping up.

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WPR News
8:13 am
Fri August 1, 2008

Barrasso attacks Indian Health Service mismanagement

Laramie, Wyo. – Senator John Barrasso says he and the other members of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee were appalled by the waste of millions of dollars by the Indian Health Service.


The Government Accountability Office issued a report about mismanagement, and Barrasso's committee reviewed it.

Barrasso says he will hold the Indian Health Service accountable for mismanaging millions of dollars in cash and property.

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WPR News
7:38 am
Fri August 1, 2008

State treasurer endorses Gordon

Laramie, Wyo. – State Treasurer, Joe Meyer, is supporting businessman and rancher Republican Mark Gordon in the race for U.S. House.

Meyer praised Gordon's work ethic and said that he would reach across the aisle in Washington to reflect Wyoming's principles.

House candidate, Republican Cynthia Lummis, did not receive Meyer's nod.

Before Lummis stepped down as state treasurer, she endorsed Meyer's opponent in the 2006 race.

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WPR News
7:26 am
Fri August 1, 2008

Governor orders state agencies to protect grouse

Cheyenne, Wyo. – Gov. Dave Freudenthal has ordered Wyoming state agencies to work together to protect sage grouse.

A federal judge in Idaho has ordered the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to reconsider its ruling that the birds don't deserve protection under the federal Endangered Species Act.

Freudenthal says that federal protection for the birds would harm Wyoming's energy economy.

Freudenthal's order maps out sage grouse areas around the state where future energy development would be discouraged.

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